When you plan a vacation to Capitola, you can’t help but plan for a few days where beachside relaxation is the main event on your itinerary. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a short list of Capitola’s best beaches, from ones that flow right into hotspots like Capitola Wharf to ones that are a little more peaceful in nature. No matter what type of beach atmosphere you’re looking for, beaches in Capitola have you covered!
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Capitola Beach is a classic spot that is located right next to Capitola Village, where you’ll find a variety of boutiques and eateries for shopping and dining after your time in the sand. On Capitola Beach itself, you can enjoy activities like kite flying, volleyball, swimming, and surfing.
Seacliff State Beach is another scenic locale that has a fishing pier, picnic areas, a center with interactive exhibits on the park, and the iconic half-sunken freighter, which makes for a cool sight. Due to safety concerns, the ship itself cannot be boarded and remains closed to the public.
Lighthouse Field State Beach, also known colloquially as Its Beach, is one of the only dog-friendly beaches in the area, as city-owned beaches have banned dogs. However, dogs are only allowed on the beach while on a leash. You’ll find this beach by driving north on West Cliff Drive, where the beach is located just past the lighthouse.
If you want to pair your beach experience with a little bit of hiking and forest views, New Brighton State Beach may be the beach for you. The beach is fantastic for swimming, picnicking, and fishing as well.
Nestled west of Capitola Wharf’s fishing pier, Hooper Beach is a small yet enjoyable beach named for Harry Hooper, a Capitola resident that became a Hall of Fame baseball player for winning a number of championships with the Red Sox during the early 1900s. Hooper Beach is also an unofficially dog-friendly park; while Capitola has banned dogs on all city beaches, Hooper Beach remains one of the few exceptions where citations are generally not issued to dog-owners who clean up after their pets and keep them under firm control while on the beach.
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